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Блог Михаила Прохорова
"You asked for it". 
21st-Jul-2008 01:48 pm
Han Solo's smile
Dear guests, 

in response to popular demand, I have had a translation done of my latest thesis on the innovation economy in Russia. The text is available on my page: http://www.mprokhorov.com/documents/ProkhorovspeachFinal020708.pdf.


10th-Aug-2008 06:39 pm (UTC) - Re: about Conventional Thinking part 2
Hello there Anonymous,
Overall, I think Mr. P has proven himself to be a fantastic leader. He obviously has an eye for predicting the trends of his business ventures as well as their markets and knows how to use these trends (whether good or bad) to his advantage. He takes a lot of big risks and shows no outward fear in doing so which I think is remarkable as it obviously takes a great deal of thought and pre-planning to pull these off. And having worked with the same business partner for 16+ years says that he is a teamplayer and that he does have what it takes to carry on an effective working relationship with someone else. All of these characteristics have given him lots of resources, power, and influence over the years and it's made him an extremely influential and effective leader in his country and he's even managed to make his name known to the world. But on an international scale, having a lot of power and resources alone will not guarantee success. One has to know the customs and ways of other cultures/nations and be able to work effectively with those cultures as we've all seen the results of outright dictatorships (by dictators who tried to force their ways and their ways only on their subjects). I think that if any good Russian leader (or oligarch) can make it on an international scale, it's Mr. P :) The one thing that I think would increase his influence on an international scale would be in the area of personal relations and making sure to apply the appropriate customs for each country that his companies expand into. One example is when giving talks, he should smile a little bit more and make the speeches less "hurried" and more slower and confident. The stage is a big opportunity for a leader to shine. A good body language reader (like myself) saw that his posture was perfect but his voice sounded as if he was uncomfortable up at the podium during some of his past speeches. However, I watched his July 2nd Moscow business congress speech and he looked a great deal more confident and "personable"-he spoke a bit slower but he still could have smiled more and added some elements of humor in order to appear even more personable to his audience. Internationally, people respond to personability or in other words, how important their leader makes THEM feel. How can the leader relate to those he's trying to influence? Not too many people are going to find influential a leader who is not very personable or warm or who doesn't make them feel important. And I personally find his smile to be one of his best attributes, so he ought to use it in his business relations with others more than he currently does :)
Another way to be sure to make the folks he's trying to influence even more influenced by him is to think of not only the big things but the "little" ones as well. In fact, it's the small things that make people feel the most important/good about our leader. An example in my mind of how to apply this is for him to make sure to show gratitute and personability to those who do something for him/give him a gift. This showing of gratitude can be something as small as taking a bit of time to personally thank (via a little thank you email or hand-written note (for extra brownie points) to each person) the people who go out of their way to send him gifts whether real or virtual regardless of the occasion. On an international scale, some countries find it customary to personally thank the person who gave the gift. In most countries (especially in the US) a general thank you without addressing specific people or no acknowledgement at all will not cut it-the "givers" will end up not feeling very good about their "receiving" leader. Also when giving a powerpoint presentation, it is customary in most countries to have at the end of the presentation a slide thanking each of your team members/collaborators for their contributions to your work.
But aside from these "personability" areas, I think he's a great leader as well as a fine specimen of a man. But if he expands on his leadership skills by applying these "personability" strategies, then internationally I think he will be unstoppable. Well here are my thoughts, what are yours? Enjoy your day and best wishes,

Edited at 2008-08-10 10:56 pm (UTC)
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